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. in 2001, he was osama bin laden's personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter, but in recent days, one official said, "a lot started blinking red." so now, look at the map, u.s. embassies shut across 7,000 miles. right in the middle, egypt. here in cairo, this is as close as you can get to the embassy. which is a good five-minute walk behind these concrete bricks and behind these bricks, two egyptian military armored personnel carriers just in case. >> a new travel alert warns americans all over the world. that means 27-year-old ashley brandenburg is taking small precautions. >> for me i don't go near the embassy. i don't go downtown, i avoid any protests or demonstrations. i keep to myself and stay within my neighborhood. >> reporter: and back home, authorities are also taking pre cautions. they say there's no specific threat, but they admit an air of mystery worldwide. homeland security officials increasing immigration checks and boosting security on public transit and airports. ant tonight security officials on cairo are on high alert because the head of al
somewhere against the united states. the terror plot is called, very active, led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. u.s. embassies in the middle east shut their doors today and a travel alert is in effect for americans traveling abroad. devin dwyer has more. >> u.s. ben biases today looked like siege behinds across the middle east. in yemen, american troops ring the compound, patting down passersby. from western africa to bangladesh, a 7,000-mile security belt was pulled tight. leaving 22 u.s. embassies and consulates dark and empty. >> there's a significant threat stream, and we're reacting to it. >> u.s. intelligence has intercepted al qaeda communications about an attack on strategic significant american interests but the exact target remains unclear. >> we received information that high-level people from al qaeda in the arabian peninsula are talking about a major attack. >> one official told abc news the part that is alarming is the confidence they showed while communicating and the air of certainty. one major worry, explosives placed inside suicide bombers. we're concerned
communications between al qaeda's main leader after osama bin laden's death and the head of al qaeda in yemen. abc news has also learned tonight why this threat that was emanating from overseas has now caused such alarm in the u.s. tonight, beefed up law enforcement, heightened awareness at airports from l.a. to new york, and more scrutiny on those trying to enter the country. a senior u.s. official tells abc news that the plot started in yemen and tonight u.s. officials are franticly searching for vehicle bombs al qaeda wants to use to blow up the u.s. embassy there and perhaps others as well. abc news has also learned that through surveillance and electronic eavesdropping more was discovered, including communications between al qaeda affiliates and someone in the u.s., not just electronic conversations but through the mail as well. the u.s. does not know the content of the letters. >> in terrorist communications in general, the simpler, more primitive forms of communication, the more effective they are. >> reporter: this is who al qaeda has been communicating with in yemen. one of those beh
like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. in recent days one official said a lot starting blinking red so now look at the man. every embassy that's supposed to be open is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. ? >> i just keep as low a profile as i can. i look like an american and that said i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open but this morning a senior official say in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot are on high alert. >> nick, our thanks to you. meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has become a domestic one too. abc news learned homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> and looking harder at visitors coming in from overseas of let's go to martha raddatz in washington where she's filling in for george on "this week" this morning. martha, we have beefed up
. one official calls it a very active plot, led by osama bin laden's personal secretary. they have been tracking chatter, but in recent days one official said a lot started blinking red. so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut, and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american. and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> meanwhile, president obama's top military advisor and chairman of the giants chiefs of staff, general martin dempsey, said the threats intercepted are significant and officials are taking the threats seriously. on" this week "he sat down in an exclusive interview with martha raditz. he said how a possible terrorist attack could be carried out, he said the threats appear to be far reaching. >> a significant threat strain and we are reacting to it. >> is the threat to blow up an embassy, consulate or something else? >> that part is unspecified burke the inten
american interests like embassies. one official calls it "a very active plot" led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. the u.s. had been tracking his chatter but in recent days, one official said "a lot started blinking red" so now look at the map. every embassy that's supposed to be open right now is shut and right in the middle cairo. americans here keeping their heads down. >> i do keep as low a profile as i can. obviously i'm a sizable guy that looks like what i am, an american and that said, i don't walk into harm's way intentionally. avoid large crowds where i can. >> reporter: and it's not clear when this embassy will behind me will re-open, but this morning a senior official saying in yemen the threat is higher than it's been a long time. dan, bianna, across this region a lot of people are on high alert. >> all right. nick, our thanks to you. and, meanwhile, what has been primarily a foreign concern has now become a domestic one too. abc news has learned that homeland official officials are boosting presence at airports and train stations. >> they're also taking a
embassies this remains a very active plot led by osama bin laden's former personal secretary. across the mideast, u.s. embassies look like siege points. in yemen heavily armed local troops ring the american compound, manning security check points and patting down passers-by. from western africa to bangladesh, a 7,000-mile security belt was pulled tight. leaving 22 u.s. embassies and consulates dark and empty. >> there is a significant threat stream and we're reacting to it. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence intercepted al qaeda communications about an attack on strategically significant american interests. but the exact target remains unclear. >> we have received information that high level people from al qaeda in arabian peninsula are talking about a major attack. >> reporter: one official told abc news the part that is alarming is the confidence they show while communicating and air of certainty. one major worry explosives placed inside suicide bombers. we're concerned about surgically implanted devices. the official said. these are guys who have developed the techniques to defeat our
reportedly in the documents leaked by snowden, new revelations about osama bin laden's death. they show that the military conducted a dna test at a lab in afghanistan to confirm bin laden's identity after he was killed. last year, the pentagon said it could find no record of such files. >>> and supporters of legalizing marijuana are cheering the obama administration's decision not to challenge the laws in washington and colorado. so, that means that people in those states can use weed and get a license to grow. but they must keep it away from children as well as federal property. >>> and the irs has announced a new tax rules for same-sex couples. if those couples are legally married, no matter where they live, they will now be able to file joint tax returns. >>> a terrifying scene at this apartment building. a boy falls. he is dangling off a balcony. you see the police officer, scaling the balcony. no hesitation, risking his life, climbing out to join the boy, leading him to safety. the crowd in the street joining in applause. >>> are you ready to take the ultimate plunge? this is the w
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